In low-slung suburban strip malls, nestled among fast-food restaurants and auto supply stores, hair salons are sprouting like mushrooms.
The Census Bureau recently noted their jump in an otherwise glum report about mom-and-pop businesses, stating that the number of hairdressers and barbers and the shops they work in grew by about 8 percent from 2008 to 2009, one of the few industries to register growth in a tough economic climate.
It seems that getting a haircut is one expense that consumers are reluctant to give up. And people who run salons never have to fret that their work might be outsourced. â€œWe donâ€™t have to worry about someone flying to China to get their hair cut,â€ said Charles Kirkpatrick, director of the National Association of Barber Boards of America. â€œBarbering is not going away.â€
Photo by MarkyBon.